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We are excited to announce that we are live on our new forum platform!

It’s been a long time coming. Let’s face it. Sometimes older forum technology lags behind other parts of the internet. Although seeing the same format for a long time is comforting, the member experience shouldn’t include dealing with outdated, unsafe, slow software.

The transition to a new platform will never be 100% smooth but the days of dealing with out of date forum software are over. We have teams dedicated to building a world-class community for you. The development has been steady with regular software releases since May 2019. Asking members for feedback and coming up with ideas for improvement is what we want.

Speed and Reliability Are Key
No one should have to wait for information. This site has been built to be much faster and more reliable, period.

New Homepage Experience
Our algorithm will serve a personal customized feed based on your prior engagement with content on the site. If you’ve liked and or commented, or are following certain topics that are of interest to you, similar content will appear at the top of the homepage.

Search
We have introduced new search algorithms, powered by an industry-leading AI platform, to help you find information faster. We plan to roll out new features to continue improving search, and to power many additional areas of the forum.

Due to the volume of content, our search platform may take some time to complete indexing over the first few days after migrating. During this process, you may see a limited number of posts until indexing has been completed. We appreciate your patience.

Finding Your Way Around
We have made the design clean and simple to use. Near the upper right-hand corner of the community, you will see navigation icons.

The first icon is for what’s new on the site.

Clicking on it, by default, will take you to new unread posts. On that page, you can click on additional tabs as well, such as Popular, if you prefer to view active topics.

Clicking the list icon next to “NEW” will bring you to the full forum listing.

Clicking your avatar will give you a drop-down menu for all things related to your account.

You can also navigate more by clicking the 3 vertical dots.

Dark Mode
We have introduced Dark Mode. One of our favorite features allows you to access the site with a power-saving, and easier on the eyes dark mode. You can access it in the drop-down menu under the 3 vertical dots.

Save Bookmarks
Now you can save your favorite discussion threads and posts! Bookmarks are a handy way to remember and easily find great content or stuff you want to read later.

We also wanted to make it easier for new users to understand the lingo of forums. We have cleaned up various language to more commonly recognized phrases including:
  • Following - Thread subscriptions, and Watched are now known as Following
  • Conversations - Private Messages or PMs are now conversations and can be accessed from the user avatar drop-down in the main navigation
  • Showcase - Showcase is designed for users to "showcase" items/projects through the use of uploaded images, text descriptions and custom content categories. It’s a way to visually and textually provide detailed information on the content you wish to share. The showcase would be similar to a catalog, whereas the gallery would be like a photo album. It can be accessed from the drop-down menu with the 3 dots.
Take a tour and look around! Check out the Help section for some quick FAQs about the new platform.

Please keep all feedback, questions, concerns, requests for help, etc.regarding the new platform right here in this Feedback thread. This will help us make sure not to miss a request for help and also let us pass along your thoughts to our Product team. The Admins and I will be here to help along the way taking note of your comments.

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I will be here during your transition to the new platform, to help with any questions, help with navigation or how to do things, and to listen to your feedback so please don't hesitate to holler at me. I want to help. You can also check out our FAQs.

I do want to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Cricket. When I was born, my father told his friends I was the ugliest baby he had ever seen, and that I sounded just like a cricket (I was born with the hiccups.) so yes, I have been Cricket for 58 years now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas. I spend most of my free time out in nature and exploring the back roads. During late autumn when it starts to finally cool down, I disappear from the world for a bit for camping trips and hiking.

Please don't be afraid to explore and test out things to see how they work on the site.

Although you can certainly use the "insert image" icon to upload an image to your post, you can also just drag and drop it to the text editor or even copy/paste it into there!

You can easily share videos just by adding the URL directly into the text editor!


Gif links from sites like giphy.com will display automatically just by adding the gif URL directly in the text editor. Try it!


I am a huge fan of the dark mode for the community. What is your favorite feature?

We will be seeing regular updates to the site which are largely based on community feedback so we absolutely want to hear your feedback!

I have worked with our community support team for just over 5 years but I have worked with forums for closer to two decades. I won't always know the answers to your questions, but I can find someone who does, as needed. ;)

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FEEDBACK: Make those links ('Popular' etc.) that direct you to where on the board you want to go available on every page. I have to click more times to get back to the same place as what I had to do in the old board.
 

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I'm a sporadic visitor/poster. So far, from what I've experienced today, very nice. Maybe I'll be less sporadic...
 

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Let us know if there is anything we can help you find. :)

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Only had a minute to stop in and saw the new site. Will withhold judgment until I have more time to explore. Already enabled Dark Mode though 💀
 

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So far so good! Admittedly, I'm a little nostalgic for the old style. The old green screen was virtually unchanged for over tens years! But, we gotta move on. This is cool. Definitely like the dark mode.
 

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How do you edit the formatting in the signature? I don't see text/font controls.
 

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Honestly, I'm having trouble finding my way around. I like the look and features well enough, but navigation is proving to be challenging.
 

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How so you edit the formatting in the signature? I don't see text/font controls.
At this time formatting for signatures is very basic.

How To Create A Signature

Your signature can include up to 4 lines, a maximum of 1000 characters and one link. An image counts as a line. Anytime you hit "enter" on your keyboard, it will automatically go to a new line. Images will automatically be resized to 300 x 200 pixels. You can see more options in your settings to collapse signatures, always view full signature, or to not see signatures at all. The choice is yours.

Both guests and members can view signatures.

If a user has their preferences set to the default they will see collapsed signatures as in the example below for them. (They can click to see more.)

If a user has their preferences set to always show expanded signatures it will look like the example below for them. Your image can be clicked to view full size.

If you want to adjust your preferences for signatures you can click on your avatar near the upper right-hand corner of the site and select account settings.

In the left side navigation, you will see an option for preferences. Click it.

Scroll down to content options and select your signature preferences.

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Honestly, I'm having trouble finding my way around. I like the look and features well enough, but navigation is proving to be challenging.

Take a moment to browse through our Community FAQs and let us know if you have any questions. I am here to help. :)


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When I use to enter the board the page with the TOTM photos was always the default page to load (which I liked). Now I can't even find the TOTM images???
 

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When I use to enter the board the page with the TOTM photos was always the default page to load (which I liked). Now I can't even find the TOTM images???
Is this what you are looking for?
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No, that page is not specifically what I wrote about.

I don't know how it was configured but when I use to click onto the board the default page showed the current TOTM winner's photo along with smaller photos of the two prior months TOTM winner photos.

How do ya get to that page?
 

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Yup MX, that was the same thing I was used to as well.
 

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No, that page is not specifically what I wrote about.

I don't know how it was configured but when I use to click onto the board the default page showed the current TOTM winner's photo along with smaller photos of the two prior months TOTM winner photos.

How do ya get to that page?
I don't believe there is a separate page at this time but they are working on having them featured on the homepage.

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I don't know how it was configured but when I use to click onto the board the default page showed the current TOTM winner's photo along with smaller photos of the two prior months TOTM winner photos.
I don't believe there is a separate page at this time but they are working on having them featured on the homepage.

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I post the TOTM winners in the newsfeed so they appear on the homepage. Good to know they are working on getting that setup!
 
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